In my few short years of life, I have been constantly reminded of the “goodness” of God. 

It was brought up immediately this morning when I awaited the last member of our group of men to arrive for our breakfast at the “golf club”, which serves the cheapest breakfast around town.

I walked over to pick up some condiments.  A man doing the same meant that I could use the time to advantage and dispense with an obligation and privilege.  I immediately spoke… “Isn’t it wonderful to have such a beautiful day to serve the Lord!”  His response was great and included: “Yes! It is!  At 80 years of age I was able to roll out of bed this morning and begin my day with God, as I always do.  I thanked Him and then presented my cares.”

Naturally, like a salesman, I shared back and forth of God’s love and goodness to us.  So often I get a blank stare and an end of conversation.

As I sat at the table, Ginny, the chef-waitress, brought me a cup of coffee and said: “Guys, give me your order and I will have it to you shortly!”  This being a short order place, it is not given to waitressing, however, both of the ladies give us above normal service, and we have shared back and forth the Word of God regularly.

Quite a contrast with the situation that Paul had encountered in that Roman prison and yet found the ability to: “Keep praying, praising and pegging away”! He also encouraged those of us a couple of years down the road to do the same.  “Be anxious (A dividing of the mind), in nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and   your minds in Christ Jesus!”

It is important for us, you and me, to realize that THANKSGIVING was instituted for the purpose of THANKING GOD!  Realizing that it has become anything but that, I challenge all of us to re-institute our thinking.  All too many of us will be celebrating; but not with a proper purpose as initially intended.

It is imperative that I remind us individually to read and refresh our intentions of celebrating this day and everyday!

“I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  (Philippians 4:11-13)

“Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS; again I say rejoice!” (v4)

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